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Middlemarch: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Reviews and Criticism (A Norton Critical Edition)
Bert G. Hornback, George Eliot
The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann, John E. Woods
Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez
Ivanhoe - Walter Scott Much prefer this edition over the older Signet--better notes and peripheral materials.

It's badass, despite some severely retrograde content.

Best in its errors: the repeated invocation of Zerneboch/Czarnabog by the Saxons--which attempts mistakenly, both as to time and to culture, to involve Slavic deity Crnabog, for instance.

Best rogues gallery in heroic literature.

Simultaneously presents a defense of Jews while using uncritically anti-semitic cliches.

Whitewashes Richard I and popularizes Robin Hood legends.

Moving at times, always damned interesting, an obvious source for George Martin, including colored armors and the splitting of protagonists into separate micronarratives for their own particularized abuse. Excellent section, in the latter regard, tracing the separate interrogations of various protagonists at Torquilstone in the middle section.

Highly recommended.